JAZZ @ The Arsenal returns on Monday, May 11, with Steven Kirby’s “Illuminations” Project, featuring vocalist Aubrey Johnson, presented by the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.
Steven Kirby is an award winning guitarist/composer and Associate Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music, whose music is most often categorized as contemporary jazz but who is influenced by a variety of genres, according to the announcement from Arsenal Center for the Arts.
The Illuminations Project is Kirby’s newest compositional and performance endeavor. It features a six piece band comprising guitar, piano, sax/flute, bass, drums and, for the first time, vocals as a primary, featured, color in the compositions. The vocalist is Aubrey Johnson, a virtuosic singer who is capable of using her voice like an instrument to sing complex lines with wordless technique while also being able to sing lyrics with masterful interpretation and phrasing.
Tickets are $20; $18 for members; $15 for students, plus fees. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 617-923-8487 or visit www.arsenalarts.org.
The Jazz @ The Arsenal series features a wide variety of jazz styles performed by the best jazz ensembles in the Boston area with many headed up by Berklee’s world- renowned faculty. The performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts located at 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Free parking is available and the venue is handicapped accessible.